The Oscar-winning actress picked up an award on the opening night of DIFF.

She’s one of the world’s most style-savvy stars (as well as an internationally acclaimed actress), and Cate Blanchett certainly brought her A-game to Dubai.

The two-time Oscar winner made an appearance at the Dubai International Film Festival’s opening gala on Wednesday night, where she turned heads with her avant-garde ensemble.

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Donning a fuchsia, pink and black lattice-detailed gown by Giorgio Armani, Blanchett picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Madinat Jumeirah ceremony.

The Australian actress and theatre director was presented her gong by DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma and HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed al Maktoum.

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Blanchett, who has jetted into the emirate for two previous editions of DIFF, revealed it was “always a pleasure to be a small part of festival that that supports diverse voices internationally and regionally”.

The Carol star also added it was “ladies first tonight … which is a good motto for the film industry”, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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How glorious is this halterneck number (which also features a charming bow to the back)?

X-Men actor Sir Patrick Stewart also picked up an award for his outstanding contribution to cinema at the 14th annual DIFF, and was joined on the night by wife Sunny Ozell.

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“Not only Hollywood, but Europe and the outside world is in turmoil at the moment, and I believe that cinema has a role to play in bringing it to an end,” the English star said on stage,  according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s an international language that everyone can appreciate and understand. Cinema can take this opportunity and move all of us forward.”

Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed and Indian film star Irrfan Khan—who featured in 2012’s Life of Pi—were given the other two of the night’s four honorary awards.

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The festival’s opening night also saw the MENA premiere of Scott Cooper’s American period western film Hostiles, which stars Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike.

Overall, the eight-day event will screen more than 140 works from 51 countries at venues all across Dubai.

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For more on DIFF’s schedule, click here, and we’ll be keeping you updated with all the A-list action as it happens…

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